They added that only one of several machines tested malfunctioned.
The Delhi civic polls will be conducted on April 23 and results would be declared on April 26. Nor does purported footage readily provide incontestable answers.
On its part, the Election Commission has made a decision to send a team of senior officials prior to the upcoming by-election in Madhya Pradesh.
The new EVMs, which will be introduced in 2018, will cost around Rs 1,940 crore. However, Singh claimed that the machines were not calibrated.
Rejecting AAP's (Aam Aadmi Party) complaint regarding alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission (EC) told AAP that the party should reflect why it performed below expectations in Punjab. "These team will remain in the assembly constituency till the counting is over", the poll panel said. The EVM allegedly printed slips in favour of a particular party even though different buttons were pressed.
He said that "someone joked, saying: ' Ab toh ho gaya (Now we're done for)'", creating an impression of something gone amiss. An Assembly bypoll is due in Bhind next week and the demonstration was part of the familiarisation exercise.
"It raises question if people are casting their votes or if machines are doing it", he asked.
The party urged the commission to take immediate action to what it said was restore the faith of the common man in the electoral process "for the sake of the institution's dignity and credibility". Saleena Singh said, "In a dummy voting process or a demo anything can come first". Then, the paper trail would be placed atop the device, configured accurately so that the electronic result matches the paper result. He said that now it was moral duty of Congress party to support AAP for validation of all EVMs used with VVPAT in the assembly elections. She said they have sent their report to EC. However, the video hasn't been verified yet.
However, the Election Commission, in a strongly-worded reply to the AAP's allegations advised the party to introspect about its "unsatisfactory poll performance" in the assembly elections rather than attributing it to the alleged failure of the EVMs.
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